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By Mark D. Kessler

within the area century from San Francisco’s devasting hearth of 1906 to the start of the nice melancholy, as autos exploded in acceptance, new constructions needed to be conceived and built to supply automobile parking space and service amenities. This ebook experiences a few of the ensuing public garages that featured façade designs in response to ancient architectural kinds. contemplating the garages’ functionality, the façades convey a shocking grace and the Aristocracy. via an research complemented by means of photos (including sixty through famous architectural photographer Sharon Risedorph) and drawings, the writer dissects the architectural and cultural components that lie on the middle of this unforeseen merit.
Addressing the discrepancy among the constructions’ good looks and the idea that outdated garages are unpleasant and disposable, the ebook examines them as cultural artifacts of the sunrise of the Motor Age. The storage is gifted as a brand new kind of transportation depot, using architectural symbolism to have fun the ascendancy of the auto over the teach. this day, the surviving constructions are susceptible to genuine property improvement, partially simply because their caliber is misunderstood. The book—a clean standpoint at the price of older utilitarian buildings—concludes with a choice to maintain those constructions and adapt them to appropriate new uses.

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